Category: Birth Stuff

Signs of Fall. 0

Signs of Fall.

Oh this boy! Love him so much. He’s definitely not an easy going baby.  I’m pretty sure he cries more than Rosie and Ada ever did! There’s very little time that he’s actually content.  He’s almost always crying, flailing his arms and legs, tensed up, or in some kind of frantic mode.  He’s got an extremely high suck need too, he wants to nurse 24/7…except when he’s just crying. I even tried a pacifier! He liked it for a few hours...

4 weeks & 2 days. 0

4 weeks & 2 days.

These coyotes! Last night once I finally got to sleep, after multiple children waking up, the coyotes decided it would be a great time to yip, yowl, and howl for an hour right behind my cabin. That made my dogs bark inside, along with the neighbor’s livestock dog which is 100+ pounds and has a very echoey booming bark. We have this tiny hunting flashlight that lights up about five acres of pitch black darkness out here.  It highlights the glowing...

The Story of How Henry Arrived. 3

The Story of How Henry Arrived.

People keep asking me about the story of Henry’s birth. All I can tell you is that it was nothing like Ada’s birth. Henry was like a freight train barreling through my body on his way to entering the world. It hurt.  A lot.  There was so much sheer power and force.  It was unreal. I’m not sure I’ve processed the whole experience just yet. Henry was four or five days overdue, depending on which due date you chose to go...

In a flash– 9

In a flash–

Her fate seizes her and brings her down. She is heavy with it. It wrings her. The great weight is heaved out of her. It eases. She moves into what she has become, sure in her fate now as a fish free in the current. She turns to the calf who has broken out of the womb’s water and its veil. He breathes. She licks his wet hair. He gathers his legs under him and rises. He stands, and his legs...

Is this really happening!? 4

Is this really happening!?

I missed my period yesterday, so on a whim I dipped an OPK.  I read once they can be used as HPT’s but that they’re unreliable.  Awhile ago I ran out of cheapie HPT’s so I would sometimes use an OPK at the end of my cycle just for the heck of it. Every other month they are negative, but last night my OKP looked like this: I was like, “Uh WHAT?”  I totally expected it to be a negative OPK...

Eloise. 0

Eloise.

This afternoon I attended the birth of my friend’s first daughter.  (She has four little boys under age 8!) She had the baby at home, and it was a perfect birth.  All four boys were there.  Their excitement was priceless, I must share!   She weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces.  She’s 19.5 inches long. Hello, Baby Fever.        

Five. 3

Five.

This time five years ago I was enduring a very painful labor, all back labor.  I was scared, nervous, and at the hospital. My nurse was Alice, from the Brady Bunch. I promise you they were the same person, except my nurse Alice was less cheery and more brisk.  Her real name was even Alice. I pushed for almost three hours.  My midwife was sick and in the end stages of cancer and kept having to leave the room. Finally Rosie emerged, ever so slowly.  She...

Happy 1st Birthday Ada Lucille! 6

Happy 1st Birthday Ada Lucille!

At this moment last year, 6:30 pm, Rosie was holding her baby sister for the first time ever. I can’t help but recap Ada’s first moments, copied from my blog entry last year. Pushing, in our bedroom. A baby! The midwife examining the mom side of the placenta: She’s showing me the sac that the baby just came out of! After the baby was born we left the placenta attached for several hours so that every bit of the blood could go...

This time last year… 0

This time last year…

This time last year I was 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. At 10 pm I went to the bathroom.  When I checked my cervix it was about 4 cm dilated, but I wasn’t in labor yet.  I’d just had on and off prodromal labor for the past few days.  I didn’t want to have a 4/20 baby! When I reached inside of my cervix to check for effacement I could fit my finger in to the first joint before I reached the sack of waters...

8 Months. 2

8 Months.

It’s been 8 months since the most amazing day ever. I gave birth to my sweet squishy Ada in our bed, in the same spot we’re snuggling in right now as I write this. I caught her with my own two hands while the midwife stood back and made the video. I did it!  I grew her in my womb, felt the top of her head inside of me as I dilated, and I was the first person to hold her. The other day...